Festival Foods plans to open Verona store this fall

Almost two years after submitting plans, Festival Foods will open a new location in Verona this fall, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. The 67,000-square-foot store will be located adjacent to Blain’s Farm & Fleet on the city’s east side.

The Verona store will be the 33rd Wisconsin location for Onalaska-based Festival and the second in Dane County. In 2016, Festival opened a 57,000-square-foot store at 810 E. Washington Ave. in Madison. A company release stated the Verona store will employ about 250 people, operate 24 hours a day, and include a scratch bakery, hot food and salad bars, organic foods, fresh sushi, and a catering department.

Festival is apparently also considering a new store in Waunakee, though it’s vying with HyVee for approval from village leaders.